Credit: via IMDB

Good news, Game of Thrones fans! Everyone’s favorite character has been confirmed to be returning for Season 5! No, we’re not talking about Tyrion, or Arya, or Dany, we’re talking about Mace Tyrell; the portly patriarch of the Tyrell family, son of Olenna, and father to Margaery and Loras. Yay!

We’re being a little sarcastic in our enthusiasm, but we are actually glad to hear that Roger Ashton-Griffiths will be returning in the role of Mace, as reported by Winter is Coming. Though Mace has had very little screen time, he’s quickly established himself as being pompous and unlikeable while simultaneously adding a little humor to the bleak world of GoT.

With Mace sticking around, presumably in King’s Landing, we wonder if the Tyrells will continue to expand their influence in the Seven Kingdoms. We know Margaery is set to marry Tommen sometime soon, while Cersei has been engaged to Loras for a while now, and of course Olenna Tyrell had a hand in King Joffrey’s murder. While the show has always focused mainly on the Starks and the Lannisters, perhaps Season 5 will be the year of the Tyrells. Growing strong!